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D I R E C T O R ’ S


Who in the World Comes to the Arboretum? Anna Iakovlieva (left) from Ukraine and Jessica Ortega (right) from Loja, Ecudor.


Ed Schneider

On the Cover: Todd Mulvihill shot this photo of Toast & Taste in the Garden 2010. The Annual Garden provides a colorful backdrop for guests at the annual summer event, which features food and drink from local and green vendors. For information about this year’s Toast & Taste on July 28, see page 5.

CONTENTS Director’s Message .......... 2 Voices, Member Event ..... 3 Winemaking program ..... 4 Toast & Taste .................. 5 People, Stewardship ........ 6 Nature, SummerHouse, Travel ............................. 7 Garden, Vegetables ......... 8 Perennials, Roses .......... 10 Calendar ...................... 11 Save the Date ............... 16

ur visitors hail from places you would expect—the metro area, Minnesota and the Midwest, and places unexpected—Australia, Iceland, Czech Republic and India. Whether visitors come to enjoy the gardens or to work with our scientists at the Horticultural Research Center, the Arboretum plays a strong role in international education. This summer, we welcome eight international students through the Minnesota Agricultural Student Trainee program at the University of Minnesota that combines practical training with classroom experience, an optional semester study and cultural enrichment. Meet two students: Anna Iakovlieva from Ukraine. A graduate of Sumy National Agrarian University with a master’s degree, she will stay through November. She marvels at new types of plants and how they grow, especially grasses. Anna’s family has a small tree farm and nursery. Jessica Ortega from Loja, Ecuador. A graduate of Zamorano University

in Honduras, with a science and agriculture degree, Jessica will do additional study in animal science at the university through May. Check out other international touches at the Arb this month: The Japanese Garden “Seisui Tei”; a Steelroots “calligraphy” sculpture; ethnic German vegetables in the Gardens of Eatin’; and Celtic music at the Trex Deck.

P.S. My wife Sandy and I will host a barbecue for the students at the Director’s Residence as part of their orientation to Minnesota. If you have passes or tickets that you can donate for weekend outings for the students, thank you!

JULY - AUGUST 2011 • VOL 30, NO. 4 Minnesota Landscape Arboretum News is published seven times a year by the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Foundation, 3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska, MN 55318-9613, 952-443-1400. The newsletter is a benefit of Arboretum membership. No portion may be reprinted without permission from the Arboretum. The information published in this newsletter is not necessarily endorsed by the University of Minnesota. Sheri O’Meara, Editor Judy Hohmann, Marketing & Public Relations Manager Sean Mosley, Brandspring Solutions, Art Director Sarah Thompson, Graphic Designer The Arboretum welcomes feedback from readers. Contact the editor:

Edward L. Schneider, Arboretum Director Polly McCrea, President–Board of Trustees Timothy S. Kenny, Director–Education Peter C. Moe, Director–Operations Frank J. Molek, Director–Development and Communication The Arboretum is a unit of the Department of Horticultural Science in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Minnesota. To request a copy of this publication in alternate format, please call 952-443-1438.



Members Event

Shakespeare in the Garden

Egret photo by Al Whitaker.


Capturing a Memory Photographers are some of the biggest fans of the Arboretum. And no wonder—a world of beauty awaits their trained eyes. We asked a couple photographers, “What’s your favorite way to enjoy the Arboretum?” Here’s what they told us: “This is a difficult question for me as I enjoy every aspect of the Arboretum! However, nailing it down, it would have to be walking the lesser-traveled paths with my camera as early in the morning as possible—sunrise if the gate is open! “Whether it’s walking the paths, stopping often to listen to the purity of nature’s awakening, or sneaking up on a heron in an effort to get that one great capture with my camera. It’s during those few early morning hours that all life’s issues seem to melt away and I’m at total peace. The Arboretum is a very special place.” —Al Whitaker, Shorewood “Hike a new path, breathe the scented air, and listen to all the wondrous music of the birds and critters, and maybe, if I’m really lucky, capture that perfect shot.” —Lizzo Wallace, Mound Find more photos of the Arboretum at the Arboretum Photographers Society website: www.

Gather in the garden for the second in our three-part series featuring “People, Plants, and . . . Toni McNaron Literature” Saturday, July 9 when Toni McNaron, U of M English professor emerita, comes to the Arboretum to read and discuss the works of William Shakespeare. Meet on the Snyder Building terrace at 10:30 a.m.; dress comfortably for walking and lawnsitting. In case of rain, the event will move to the Snyder Auditorium. “Shakespeare in the Garden” is free for Arboretum members (RSVP to member@umn. edu); non-members may attend for a $15 fee with advance registration at learn.aspx

Happy Birthday, Uff da Palace Created by artist Patrick Dougherty in May 2010 with a team of 80 volunteers and Arboretum staff, the Uff da Palace turned a year old this spring. Made entirely of thousands of willow twigs, branches and saplings woven and twisted together (no nails or pegs were used), the palace was designed with an intended lean, as if the wind were making it bend. “I had never heard the term Photo by Don Olson ‘uff da’ before,” Dougherty said. “When I asked what it meant, everyone had a slightly different answer. So, it reflects the different experiences people will have when seeing and exploring the sculpture.” The Big Build: Uff da Palace exhibit was intended to be up for at least a year. With no firm date for dismantling/recycling, we’ll monitor conditions this fall.



Celebrate Our Roots Summer art, music and family events take root. All roots activities are free with Arboretum admission. Steelroots Sculptures: Our roots mania is inspired by “Steelroots: Touching Earth and Sky,” an outdoor exhibition of 16 massive root forms, sculpted in steel by artist Steve Tobin. Enjoy this unique opportunity for families to explore the fusion of art and nature. Exercise your imagination and your body: Steelroots is fine art you can crawl under. Be sure to pick up a Steelroots Adventure Guide for kids when you arrive. Steelroots Summer Music Series on the Trex Deck: Sunday, July 17: Traveled Ground. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Folk, blues, country and rock. Saturday, July 30: Tarnished Brass. 2 to 3 p.m. Instrumental brass septet. Sunday, Aug.14: Locklin Road. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Celtic, folk and original music. Root Lab: Weekend family fun at the Marion Andrus Learning Center from noon to 4 p.m. Activities change throughout the summer.

Marquette grape photo by Dave Hansen.

Winemaking Enologist Spotlights Local Grapes


hether you’re a winemaking enthusiast or professional, the Arboretum’s new winemaking classes will guide you toward bottling your best vintage yet with common-sense techniques to improve your wine. Enologist Katie Cook from the Horticultural Research Center will reveal advances made by the cold-hardy wine-grape breeding program and how to use Minnesota grape varietals and other fruits grown in this region to their best advantages. Susan Thurston “Minnesota-hardy wine grape varieties, including Hamerski La Crescent and Frontenac Gris, make for a promising future for winemaking in Minnesota,” Adult Education Manager Cook says. “The potential for a good-tasting wine has never been better.” Explore topics including wine faults, winemaking essentials, the chemistry of wine, and advanced winemaking issues and treatments. Most of the classes meet on Saturday mornings, and prices range from $70 to $90. Visit for full descriptions and registration. For more on Minnesota winemaking, see the books “Northern Winework” by Tom Plocher and Bob Parke ($39.95) and “Growing Grapes in Minnesota” by The Minnesota Grape Growers Association ($16). Available in the Arboretum Gift Store.


JULY - AUG U ST 2011

Photo by Mark MacLennan

Toast & Taste in the Gardens Reserve now for ‘Best Outdoor Party of Summer’


ensory delights await as top local chefs cook up fresh, local cuisine for the Arboretum’s annual Toast & Taste in the Gardens Barbara fundraiser, Thursday, July DeGroot 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. Cited as the “Best Public Relations Outdoor Party of Specialist Summer” by the Star Tribune, Toast & Taste offers guests the opportunity to spend a shimmering summer evening savoring exquisite flavor combinations while sipping local and regional wines and brews amid the rich outdoor splendor of the Arboretum’s gardens. It’s the signature fresh, local and green summer party for devotees of the locavore foods movement! Sample what the season of flavor offers—20-plus top local restaurants and wineries, while listening to the smooth sounds of George Faber and

the Icons. Yes, life is short ... go ahead Maude, Birchwood Cafe, Bryant Lake and dance on the terrace. Bowl, Arboretum Catering and other new and returning venues. Featured local vineyards include Carlos Creek Winery, Northern Vineyards, St. Croix Vineyards and Parley Lake Winery, and others. Special thanks to honorary co-chairs Dr. Al and Sue Zelickson, Gordie and Jo Bailey. Reservations required: Advance entry at $125 patron reception from Photo by Don Olson 6 p.m., or $75 for general admission from 7 p.m. Reserve online at www. At press time, participating aspx; call (612) 625-9875; or email restaurants include Vincent – A All proceeds Restaurant, The Strip Club, Terra benefit the Arboretum. Toast & Waconia, Spoonriver, Signature Cafe, Taste is presented by the Minnesota Sen Yai-Sen Lek , Prairie Ale House, Landscape Arboretum Foundation. Oceanaire Seafood Room, Henry’s Presenting Sponsor Table, Gardens of Salonica, Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant, Crema Cafe, Crave, the Campus Club, Cafe



P E O P L E Stewardship

Congrats to these Eagle Scouts! Brian Madsen, Troop 695, built six bee houses, including willow bamboo tubes for their nests. Adam Cermak, Troop 337, built three Purple Martin bird houses for Alkire Drive and Johanna Frerichs Garden for Wildlife. Sam Nickolay, Troop 240, built 10 bicycle racks, including one on connecting trail to Chanhassen bike path.

Thanks to 2011 Volunteers of the Year For amazing dedication and volunteer spirit: Jan & Julian Sjordal – Membership Mike Behrendt – Andersen Horticultural Library Kelly Dupasquier – Education/ Cooking Classes Dale Antonson – Nature-Based Therapy Barbara M. Johnson –Gift Store Inga DiTosto – Gardening crew

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks, Dale Bachman, Arboretum Director Ed Schneider.

Dale Bachman Helping the Arboretum’s Urban Garden Grow


n expanded garden at Oak Park Center in the Jordan neighborhood of Minneapolis will be growing food, science lessons and summer jobs for youth, thanks in part to Dale Bachman, 1972 graduate in plant and soil science, and recipient of the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award. For 23 years, the Arboretum’s Urban Garden initiative Jamie has provided children from diverse economic and cultural Spanks backgrounds an opportunity to forge connections with nature Development and science. With community and philanthropic partners, the Officer initiative has evolved to include out-of-school-time outreach, youth employment and higher education mentorship. Other Urban Garden sites include the Phillips, Prospect Park and Elliot Park neighborhoods. “The Urban Garden program engages youth to be curious about plants in their daily lives and prepares them to be leaders,” said Edward Schneider, director of the Arboretum. “We are appreciative of the Bachmans’ support.” The Achievement Award honors graduates who lead their profession with distinction. In lieu of a formal ceremony, Bachman and his wife, Ruth, donated funds to expand the Oak Park garden. University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks presented the award to Bachman. “In addition to celebrating the personal and professional achievements of Dale Bachman, we also want to recognize his volunteer leadership at the university and within the broader community,” said President Bruininks. “His decision to pay tribute to the Arboretum’s Urban Garden program is an example of his extraordinary generosity and commitment, and we are grateful for his contributions.”




SummerHouse Open for Business

Fireflies Lightning Bugs Light Up Summer Skies


n poetic phrase, it is the “will-o-the-wisp of the primeval night.” We know it better as the firefly. As youngsters, we filled jars with “lightning bugs” and watched with fascination as they flashed their little beacons. The Mayas called it the Queen of the Stars. To the Aztecs, the firefly meant a spark of knowledge in a world of darkness. In a more sinister European legend, a firefly coming through an open window was a warning that someone was going to die. Male fireflies provide the aerial light show, Matt Schuth and while females flicker their light from the ground during the mating ritual. A clap of Naturalist thunder can cause a field of fireflies to flash simultaneously—perhaps why they are also called “lightning bugs.” The eggs and larvae of some firefly species can glow and are known as “glow worms.” The light given off by fireflies is called bioluminescence. Scientists have found many important uses for the chemicals that create the light source, luciferin and luciferase: They can be used to detect harmful bacteria in food and water. They are also being tested in research on human diseases like cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease. Firefly technology has been used to produce safer cold light for flashlights and holiday lights. The summertime firefly show can be seen nightly in the Arboretum’s Spring Peeper Meadow. Their performances are courtesy of Mother Nature. Children’s books in the Arboretum Gift Store include “Firefly Mountain” by Patricia Thomas ($16.95) and “Amy’s Light” by Robert Nutt ($16.95).

Summer’s bounty has arrived at the SummerHouse, the rustic, charming garden market located a mile west of the Arboretum entrance on State Highway 5. Shop for just-picked tomatoes and sweet corn, zucchini, green beans, a limited supply of Summercrisp pears from the University of Minnesota, as well as U of M cheese and meats. You’ll also find SummerHouse is open daily. specials on wrought iron garden décor and pottery. The SummerHouse (open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Aug. 31) offers visitors a chance to purchase local produce from area farmers, as well as fruit, vegetable and plant introductions from the University of Minnesota Horticultural Research Center.

Travel With the Arb Join Arboretum Director Emeritus Peter Olin on these upcoming tours: rBavaria, Sept. 7–16: Stay in the walled town of Rothenburg; visit castles and villages along the way to Munich; end in Salzburg. Do the “Sound of Music” tour, and visit Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest.” rMaine, Oct. 11–17: At the peak of fall color, visit historic Portland; drive the scenic routes to Boothbay to see the Coastal Maine Botanical Garden; and end in Bar Harbor. In New Hampshire, see the famous Cathedral of the Pines and historic Portsmouth. rJan. 16–28, 2012: Travel to Chile—Santiago, Chile’s Lake District, Lake Llanquihue, boat trips through the Andes, Bariloche, Argentina. Visit or contact Peter Olin at or call (952) 443-1412.





It’s showtime in the Arb’s Home Demo Gardens. Photo by Mark MacLennan.

Gardens of Eatin’ Welcoming Bountiful Veggies at the Home Demo Gardens


he rays of summer work their sunny magic. With vegetable and herb gardens, beauty grows into bounty as the harvest begins. But be patient. “It’s better if you let peppers mature … so they show the reds and oranges,” says Ted Pew, landscape gardener and guru of the Gardens of Eatin’ vegetable demonstration gardens at the Arboretum. Keep the garden going. “Change out mid-summer to heat-tolerant varieties. Avoid ‘holes’ in Judy Hohmann the garden,” adds Pew. Marketing and What’s growing at the Arb: Public Relations Eat Yourself Healthy garden beds: Manager In July, we’ll harvest the first crop of carrots, clippings of Swiss chard (steam stems and leaves for healthier, better texture eating) and see marigolds in full bloom. In August, we’ll see tomatoes, basil, nasturtiums in full flower, peppers and onions once foliage dies down, pole and bush beans. Garden sage and rosemary look great, and we’ll get clippings from marjoram and oregano. Salad Garden: In July—smaller tomatoes, sugar snap peas, mustard, cuttings of basil and parsley, nasturtiums in bloom, kale, cauliflower, radishes, Romaine lettuce,

peppers. In August—Malabar spinach, broccoli, Bibb and Butterhead lettuce, onions, red peppers. Great Mates is a mix of veggies that help each other out, herbs and flowers: wonderful companions are peppers, tomatoes, carrots, celery; insect-repelling basil, marigolds, nasturtiums and herbs. Incredibles & Edibles: In July—rosemary with cucumbers, nasturtiums, kale, tomatoes, onions, carrots, beets and pole beans; parsley, basil with pepper, carrots, lettuce and chard. In August—artichokes, potatoes surrounded by string beans, carrots, radishes, chard; marigolds with head lettuce, carrots, cukes, onions, basil and tomatoes. Underground Veggies: Look for your favorites, including radishes in July and beets in August. Veggie Essentials: In July—some peas, bush beans. In August—onions, peppers, loose leaf lettuce, carrots and cabbage as homage to local German heritage. Cooks Faves ‘n Raves (see opposite page). Pumpkins and Squash Patch: Look for these fall favorites to make their appearance in September and October.





Cooking Up Fun Cooks and Foodies Share Their Faves


hether you’re a cordon bleu chef or simply a fan of good food, you know all great cooking starts with quality ingredients and the freshest of produce. Take a walk through the Home Demo Gardens (located near the Three-Mile Drive turnoff) and linger for a moment at the Cooks’ Faves ‘n Raves Garden. Feast your eyes on the vibrant green spinach, the robust tomatoes, the French tarragon, shallots and leeks, the lacy lettuce and hardy beets. You can almost taste the masterpiece meals in the making! This garden was inspired by local cooks and gourmands who have shared their favorite vegetables—and cooking ingredients—with Arboretum gardener Ted Pew. Using his extensive gardening knowledge, Ted has planned and planted the creative Faves ‘n Raves gardens that incorporate these vegetables in the most efficient and effective manner. Here’s a sampling of the participants, Barbara their selected plants and culinary creation:

rEvent planner and food book author Geri Wolf: Brussels sprouts for a delectable summer side dish. rFood author Sue Zelickson: tomatoes for a tomato and orzo summer salad. For more gardening inspiration, check out the Eat Yourself Healthy garden featuring five easy-to-grow, nutrient-rich plants.

For recipes from the Cooks’ Faves ‘n Raves Garden, go to Web Exclusives: Public Relations rZoie Glass of Lucille’s Kitchen exclusives.aspx. Also look for recipes featuring one cup Specialist Garden: Leeks for Baked Leeks in Cream. of vegetables as local chefs participate in the One Cup of rChris Weglinski, chef and owner Health cooking challenge. of Sea Salt Café: spinach for Spinach and Pancetta-Wrapped Scallops. rArboretum Director Ed Schneider and Sandy Schneider: cabbage for Asian Noodle Salad and radishes for fresh salad. rBelinda Jensen and Bobby Jensen of KARE-11 TV: Learn how to cook what you grow by signing up Three types of beets (gold, red and swirl) for a refreshing for a Dinner with a Chef or Saturdays in the Kitchen summer beet salad. cooking class at the Learning Center. Get the kids rGina Coburn of Three Crows Cafe, Delano: black involved, too: Check out the Salad Mania! Lunch day beans and lettuce for a Southwest-influenced salad. camp July 22, the Fresh Picked Feast for Lunch class rKevin Nordeen of Nectar Wine Bar in Osseo: on Aug. 19 or Cooking Garden Fresh on Aug. 4. summer squash for squash soup. Visit for more rSavoy Pizza chefs: Roma tomatoes and herbs for information on cooking-related summer day camps. signature pizza.






All About Roses Rose Society: If you want to do more than smell the roses, the Arboretum is a great place to learn how to plant, prune, tip and care for them. The Minnesota Rose Society, organized in 1939, fosters the hobby of growing roses in Minnesota and has teamed up with the Arboretum to share Nate Kells expertise with visitors. The Marketing demonstrations take place Associate throughout the summer and fall, so bring your gloves and pruners and dig in! In the spring, the Rose Society assists the Arboretum crew in raising and pruning existing roses and planting new ones. In late spring, the mulch goes down, and in midsummer the roses are tied up then eventually tipped for the winter.

Name th e Ro s e Take time to smell the roses. Then, give a name to the Arboretum’s newest pink rose cultivar, known as “Rosa 66,” its genus name. This exclusive Arboretum rose features a scalloped, double-petal bloom, is Northern-hardy and resistant to black-spot disease. To see these shrub roses in bloom, visit the Cloister Garden near the Ordway Picnic Shelter. Submit your idea for a name by Sept. 30 at the Oswald Visitor Center or online at w w w. a r b o r e t u m . u m n . e d u / nametherose.aspx for judging. Rosa 66 was introduced through the University of Minnesota Woody Landscape Plant Breeding Program.

Coneflowers. Photo by Don Olson.

Perennials Returning Favorites Produce Summer-long Splendor


ove over, annuals. It’s the summer perennials’ time to shine! Landscape Gardener Duane Otto considers color scheme, size, sunlight and shade when placing perennials. Otto and his crew tend to thousands of perennials in gardens around the Arboretum, Nate Kells including the MacMillian Terrace Garden, located behind Marketing the Snyder Building, and the Spiegel Garden, located directly Associate in front of the Snyder Building, with its lush plants boasting summer-long splendor. A new white perennial garden, located on the Wright Terrace, was created last fall. The garden consists predominantly of white flowers and variegated foliage. “When the garden is in full bloom it will be spectacular in evening hours. It is illuminated by the reflection of the evening sun and moon,” Otto says. There are thousands of perennials throughout the Arboretum gardens, each labeled with the common and Latin name. Each year, Otto and his crew update the gardens with new varieties. This year they have added one of Otto’s favorites to the Spiegel Garden–Sedum Autumn Charm–which is even deer-tolerant! This perennial has beautiful variegated foliage in addition to its bold later-summer bloom. Look for the book “Perennials For Minnesota And Wisconsin” by Don Engebretson and Don Williamson ($19.95), available in the Arboretum Gift Store.

Tips rMany perennials benefit from dead-heading. This helps them bloom longer and continuously. Stop dead-heading in the fall to preserve interest for the winter garden. rAmend the soil with compost made of leaves, lawn clippings and food waste. As long as it’s natural, it can be composted.


SUMMER Programs & Events


JULY Friday, July 1 Day Camp: Fridays in the Kitchen: Fourth of July Treats | 992-07-01-11 9-11:30 a.m. for 2nd-4th grade grads, $31/$34 (per day), Learning Center Prepare and sample recipes in class, then take home enough to share with your family too! Each day has a unique theme, so sign up for one or all five!

Day Camp: Cooking with Ease: Fourth of July Treats | 997-07-01-11 1-3:30 p.m. $31/$34 (per day), Learning Center. For 5th-8th grade grads. Saturday, July 2 Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers Noon-4 p.m., Learning Center Learn what habitats hummingbirds like best, and plant flowers to feed them. Make a hummingbird nest out of moss, bark and dry grass. Free with Arboretum admission. Sunday, July 3 Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers Noon-4 p.m., Learning Center See July 2 Tuesday, July 5 Buzz, Ribbit, Tweet! | 980-07-05-11 9 -11:30 a.m. $130/$140, Learning Center Nature makes its own music! The MacPhail Center for Music joins us to explore

musical concepts out in the gardens. Sing, move and create while exploring a variety of instruments, songs, games, movement, stories and visual art. Entering kindergarten and K grads. Wednesday, July 6 Nature Photography | 998-07-06-11 1-4 p.m. 5th-8th grade grads $53/$59, Price includes snacks and project supplies, Learning Center Explore the Arboretum through the lens of your digital camera. Learn about subject, composition, light and movement. Bring your own point-and-shoot digital camera with an empty memory card each day. For a three-day option, also sign-up for Friday’s “Sculpting Nature.” Buzz, Ribbit, Tweet! | 980-07-05-11 See July 5 Thursday, July 7 Buzz, Ribbit, Tweet! | 980-07-05-11 See July 5 Nature Photography | 998-07-06-11 1-4 p.m. 5th-8th grade grads See July 6 Complementing the Grape II with Michael Grabner | 800-07-07-11 6:30-8:30 p.m.$45/$55, Learning Center. Join the Century Wine & Spirits wine buyer to prepare a menu of Cajun coconut ham fritters; pork ragu with pasta; pork tenderloin with aromatic soy sauce and shiitake mushrooms; puff pastry with cherries, chocolate and bacon grenache. Wine tastings. StoryTime at the Library 10:30-11 a.m., Andersen Horticultural Library, Snyder Building


Friday, July 8 Young Artists Series: Sculpting Nature | 993-07-08-11 9 a.m.-Noon $26/$29 (per day-also July 22, Aug. 5 and 19), Learning Center. 2nd-4th grade grads. Guest art instructors lead a variety of nature-inspired art projects throughout the summer. Sign up for one day or all five! Wear old clothes, and be ready for a fun art experience! Friday’s Artist Series: Sculpting Nature | 998-07-08-11 1-4 p.m. $26/$29 (per dayalso July 22, Aug. 5 and 19), Learning Center. For 5th-8th grade grads

EXHIBITS Steelroots: Touching Earth & Sky Saturday, April 16—Monday, Jan. 2012. Arboretum Grounds. Here Comes the Sun Friday, May 20 – Sunday, Aug. 14. Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center Center of Gravity Balanced Rock Photographs by Peter Juhl Friday, July 22 – Sept. 11, Restaurant Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center

Saturday, July 9 Watercolor Journaling Summer Workshop: Bennett-Johnson Prairie | 100-07-09-11 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $95/$110 (for 4 sessions-also July 16, 23, 30), Learning Center Learn easy techniques in watercolor, ink, colored pencils, markers, mono-printing, and collage with Sandy Muzzy while exploring the Arboretum’s prairie as it comes into bloom. Pestos With Pizazz! | 800-07-09-11 9-11 a.m. $30/$40, Learning Center. Go beyond basic basil! Learn to make walnut sage, sundried tomato, cilantro, wild mushroom and even fruit pesto! Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2

“Center of Gravity-Balanced Rock Photographs” by Peter Juhl.

Sunday, July 10

Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Snyder Building entrance Enjoy tours of private gardens, via bus, and relax at an outdoor brunch or lunch at the Arboretum. Also July 10, 12, 13. Register online at http:// auxiliarysummergardentours.aspx Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2

To register for classes: Call (952) 443-1422 or visit



Tuesday, July 12 Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours See July 10 Dirt Detectives | 990-07-12-11-01 9 a.m.-Noon, 2nd-4th grade grads. $72/$81 (Incl. snacks & supplies), Learning Center Unravel the mysteries of plants. Explore the gardens, conduct experiments and write a secret message in invisible ink! Bring home plants to continue discoveries at home. Combine with “Fly Away Plants” and the “Lunch Supervision for July 12-14” for a full-day option.

Lunch Supervision | 999-07-12-11 Noon-1 p.m. 2nd-4th grade grads. $10/$13, supervision during the break between “Dirt Detectives” and “Fly Away Plants,” Learning Center. Fly Away Plants | 990-07-12-11-02 1 -4 p.m. 2nd-4th grade grads. $72/$81 (Incl. snacks and supplies), Learning Center It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a plant! Some plants are airborne only as seeds, and some spend their entire lives 200 feet in the air! Examine the ways plants use the air, from breathing to flying to pollination. Experiment with seed propulsion by catapult and parachute, use the sun to cook, and bring home special air-loving plants. Combine with “Dirt Detectives” and “Lunch Supervision” for fullday option. Wednesday, July 13 Auxiliary Summer Garden Tours See July 10


Dirt Detectives | 990-07-12-11-01 See July 12

Treats | 992-07-01-11 See July 1

Lunch Supervision for July 12-14 | 999-07-12-11 See July 12

Day Camp: Cooking with Ease: Fourth of July Treats | 997-07-01-11 See July 1

Fly Away Plants | 990-07-12-11-02 See July 12

Fridays in the Kitchen: Fruit Mania! | 992-07-15-11 See July 1

Books in the Garden with Toni McNaron | 100-07-13-11 $65/$75 (for 6 sessions-also Aug. 10), Snyder Building

Cooking with Ease: Fruit Mania! | 997-07-15-11 See July 1

Afternoon Tea 2:30-4 p.m. Tea Room, Snyder Building. $23/$26 Enjoy a three-course tea complete with freshly baked scones and an assortment of sweets and savories. Register at or call 612-626-3951

Watercolor Journaling Summer Workshop: Bennett-Johnson Prairie | 100-07-09-11 See July 9

Lake Minnetonka Garden Club Flower Show 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. MacMillan Aud. (also July 14) Thursday, July 14 Understanding Wine Faults | 200-07-14-11 7-9 p.m. $70/$75, Learning Center Identify wine faults and learn how to address them in the winery. StoryTime at the Library See July 7 Dirt Detectives | 990-07-12-11-01 See July 12 Lunch Supervision for July 12-14 | 999-07-12-11 See July 12 Fly Away Plants | 990-07-12-11-02 See July 12 Friday, July 15 Day Camp: Fridays in the Kitchen: Fourth of July

Saturday, July 16

The Japanese Garden | 150-07-16-11 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35/$45, Snyder Building Learn the elements of the Japanese Garden from Mary Bigelow, Arboretum landscaper and Japanese garden curator. Walks for the Curious | 960-07-16-11 10-11:30 a.m. $7.50/$15, Ordway Parking Lot Explore the prairie with an Arboretum naturalist “‘Here Comes the Sun”’ Informal Tours 1-3 p.m., Reedy Gallery, Oswald Visitor Center. Informal guided tours about exhibiting artists. Free with admission. Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2 Sunday, July 17 “‘Here Comes the Sun”’ Informal Tours See July 16 . Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2

Roots Rhythms Outdoor Music Series: Traveled Ground 6-7:30 p.m. Trex Leaf Deck Enjoy folk, blues, country and rock performed by this popular group specializing in “roots” music. Free with gate admission. Tuesday, July 19 Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees Session I: 9-11:30 a.m. | 980-07-19-11-01 Session II: 12:30-3 p.m. | 980-07-19-11-02 $60/$67, Price includes snacks and any project supplies, Learning Center What’s a flower’s job? How do butterflies, bees, and birds help out? Discover pollination upclose and hands-on as we collect caterpillars, play games, make a take-home butterfly garden and more! Entering kindergarten and K grads. Wednesday, July 20 Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees See July 19 Thursday, July 21 Third Thursday Happy Hour 4:30–6 p.m. Arboretum Restaurant. Wine sampling, beer and appetizers. Free admission every third Thursday after 4:30 p.m. Writing in the Garden | 100-07-21-11 6:30-8:30 p.m. $95/$110 (for 4 sessions-also Aug.18, Sept. 15, Oct. 20), Learning Center Let nature inspire and inform your writing. Blossoms, Butterflies and Bees See July 19 StoryTime at the Library See July 7


13 Stay in Touch! r Come find us on Facebook. r Sign up for Arb eNews: enews.aspx r Call our Bloom Line: (612) 625-9791. r Renew your membership online at www.arboretum. Friday, July 22 Salad Mania! Lunch | 976-07-22-11-01 9 a.m.-Noon $21/$24 (fee is per person), Learning Center. For an adult and kids entering K through 2nd grade grads. Discover satisfying main-dish salads the whole family can help prepare. Salad Mania! Supper | 976-07-22-11-02 2 -5 p.m.$21/$24 (fee is per person), Learning Center. For an adult and kids who are 3rd8th grade grads. See previous description. Saturday, July 23 Pruning Espalier: Free Practice for Espalier Wannabes 9 a.m.-noon. Home Demo Garden Learn pruning practices for espaliers. No tools needed. Free with Arboretum admission. Introduction to Winemaking | 200-07-23-11 9:30 a.m.-Noon $90/$95, Learning Center Learn about the aspects of white and red winemaking with the beginner or home winemaker in mind. Walks for the Curious | 960-07-23-11 10-11:30 a.m. $7.50/$15, Ordway Parking Lot Watercolor Journaling Summer Workshop:

Bennett-Johnson Prairie | 100-07-09-11 See July 9 Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2 Sunday, July 24 Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2 Tuesday, July 26 Art at the Arb | 988-07-26-11 9 a.m.-Noon 1st-2nd grade grads. $72/ $81 (Incl. snack and any project supplies) Learning Center Explore the Arboretum and create art in a variety of media - pencil, paint, clay and pastels. Combine with “Fairies and Mini-beasts” and the “Lunch Supervision” for a full-day option. Lunch Supervision | 999-07-26-11-01 | 666-07-26-11-02 Noon-1 p.m. 1st-2nd grade grads and 2nd-4th grade grades. $10/$13. Covers supervision during the break between “Art at the Arb” and “Fairies and Mini-beasts,” Learning Center

Fairies and Mini-Beasts | 986-07-26-11 1 -4 p.m. 1st-2nd grade grads. $72/$81 (Incl. snacks and project supplies) Learning Center Explore Arboretum gardens looking for fairies and their insect and animal friends. Build a fairy home and minigarden to keep. Combine with “Art at the Arb” and the “Lunch Supervision” for fullday option.

Adventure Sculptors | 991-07-26-11 9 a.m.-Noon 2nd-4th grade grads. $72/$81 (Incl. snacks and any project supplies), Learning Center Awaken your sense of adventure and imagination while we play outside. Combine with “Budding Arboretum Artists” and the “Lunch Supervision” for full-day option.

StoryTime at the Library See July 7

Budding Arboretum Artists | 993-07-26-11 1-4 p.m. 2nd-4th grade grads. $72/$81 (Incl. snacks and project supplies), Learning Center Create garden-inspired art while practicing in a variety of mediums such as paint, pencils, and pastels. Combine with “Adventure Sculptors” and “Lunch Supervision” for a fullday option.

Cooking with Ease: Cooking Improv | 997-07-29-11 See July 1

Wednesday, July 27 Art at the Arb | 988-07-26-11 See July 26 Thursday, July 28

Toast & Taste in the Gardens 6-9 p.m. $125 patron/$75 general. Arboretum Gardens Enjoy an after-hours “green” evening in the gardens with friends and family to support the Arboretum. Sample fresh, in-season local cuisine from the best specialty restaurants in town. Try Minnesota wines and local brews. Live music and more. Reserve at 612-625-9875 or online at toastandtaste.aspx.

Art at the Arb | 988-07-26-11 See July 26 Friday, July 29 Fridays in the Kitchen: Cooking Improv | 992-07-29-11 See July 1

Saturday, July 30 Watercolor Journaling Summer Workshop: Bennett-Johnson Prairie | 100-07-09-11 See July 9 Growing Roses in Minnesota | 150-07-30-11 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $35/$45, Snyder Building Discover how easy it is to grow tender and hardy roses in Minnesota. Includes a stroll through the Arboretum’s Wilson Rose Garden. Basic Digital Photography Immersion | 750-07-30-11 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $105/$115, Learning Center For photographers wanting to learn more about their digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Tarnished Brass in Concert 2-3 p.m. Trex Leaf Deck Enjoy music from a brass septet consisting of three trumpets, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba. Free with Arboretum admission.

To register for classes: Call (952) 443-1422 or visit


A R B O R E T U M NEW S Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2 Sunday, July 31 Weekend Family Fun: Hummingbirds and Flowers See July 2 AUGUST Tuesday, August 2 Chef for a Day | 981-08-02-11 9 a.m.-Noon $34/$38, Learning Center. For entering kindergarten & K grads Young cooks will love helping our chef prepare an easy, fun and healthy lunch fresh from the garden.

Wednesday, August 3 Kitchen Creators | 987-08-03-11 9 a.m.-Noon 1st -2nd grade grads. $34/$38 (Incl. lunch & supplies), Learning Center Wraps and Rolls! From calzones to burritos, eggrolls to samosas, experiment with different ways to roll up garden fresh ingredients into a delicious lunch. Thursday, August 4


Authentic Thai Cuisine with Chef Joe Hatch-Surisook | 800-08-04-11 6:30-8:30 p.m.$45/$55, Learning Center. Join the chef of Sen Yai Sen Lek Thai restaurant for: moo yang takrai, lemon grass pork chops with cilantro lime sauce; gai satay, marinated skewered chicken w/curried peanut sauce and cucumber salad; som tum, papaya salad w/garlic, Thai chilies, lime, peanuts; khao neow mamauang, sweet sticky rice w/coconut milk and mango. Wine tastings www. StoryTime at the Library See July 7 Friday, August 5 Carver County and Chanhassen Day Carver County and Chanhassen residents enjoy free Arboretum admiission. Young Artist Series: Intro to Printmaking | 993-08-05-11 See July 8 Friday’s Artist Series: Intro to Printmaking | 998-08-05-11 See July 8 Young Artists Series: Sculpting Nature | 993-07-08-11 See July 8 Saturday, August 6

Cooking Garden Fresh | 992-08-04-11 9 a.m.-Noon 2nd-4th grade grads. $34/$38 (Incl. lunch & supples), Learning Center Create a tasty garden-fresh rainbow lunch. Cook using color as an easy guide for well-rounded nutrition, flavor, texture, and fun!

Pickling with Global Flair (formerly In a Pickle Globally) | 800-08-06-11 9-11 a.m. $30/$40, Learning Center You won’t find any cucumbers in this class. Have fun with exotic pickled recipes from around the globe: El Salvadoran pineapple pickled cabbage, Swedish spiced carrots, Brazilian pickled grapes with jicama and celery seed and Japanese pressed carrots with scallions and tangerines.

Cooking for a Healthy Start | 800-08-06-11 1:30-3:30 p.m. $40/$45, Learning Center Join Chef Michelle Horovitz, executive director of the nonprofit organization Urban Baby, to explore the ease of making fresh baby food with produce harvested straight from the garden.

Afternoon Tea See July 13

The Chemistry of Wine | 200-08-06-11 9:30 a.m.-Noon $90/$95, Learning Center Learn the essentials of the chemistry specific to the making of wine.

August Seasonal Plates with Chef Lucia Watson | 800-08-11-11 6:30-8:30 p.m. $45/$55, Learning Center. The chef/owner of Lucia’s Restaurant prepares turkey breast with lemon and basil sauce, couscous salad and black bean salad, summer fruit crostada with cornmeal crust and whipped cream. Wine tastings.

Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives Noon-4 p.m., Learning Center Search for flowers, butterflies and birds in the prairie. Find out how long the roots are on prairie plants and braid a sweetgrass bundle. Free with Arboretum admission. Sunday, August 7 Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See August 6 Tuesday, August 9 Garden Gatherers Session I: 9-11:30 a.m. | 980-08-09-11-01 Session II: 12:30-3 p.m. | 980-08-09-11-02 $60/$67 (Incl. snack & supplies), Learning Center. Entering kindergarten & K grads. It’s harvest time in the garden! Investigate the insides of fruits and vegetables, explode open seeds, and make ketchup with your feet. Prepare delicious garden snacks and take home the beauty of the garden. Wednesday, August 10 Garden Gatherers See August 9

Books in the Garden with Toni McNaron |100-07-13-11 See July 13 Thursday, August 11 Garden Gatherers See August 9

StoryTime at the Library See July 7 Friday, August 12 Fridays in the Kitchen: Sandwich Makeover | 992-08-12-11 See July 1 Cooking with Ease: Sandwich Makeover | 997-08-12-11 See July 1 Saturday, August 13 Summer Plein-Air Watercolor Workshop: Bennett-Johnson Prairie | 100-08-13-11 9:45 a.m.-1 p.m. $40/$50, Learning Center Paint images from the array of trees, grasses and flowers native to the Great Plains. Instructor: Georgia Kandiko. Walks for the Curious | 960-08-13-11 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $7.50/$15, Ordway Parking Lot, The Prairie

15 Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See Aug. 6

Friday’s Artist Series: Clay Sculpture | 998-08-19-11 See July 8

Sunday, August 14

Young Artists Series: Sculpting Nature | 993-07-08-11 See July 8

Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See Aug. 6 Roots Rhythms Outdoor Music Series: Locklin Road 6-7:30 p.m. Trex Leaf Deck Enjoy Celtic and original folk music. Free with Arboretum admission. Thursday, August 18 Third Thursday Happy Hour See July 21 Writing in the Garden | 100-07-21-11 See July 21 StoryTime at the Library See July 7 Friday, August 19 Fresh Picked Feast for Lunch | 976-08-19-11-01 9 a.m.-Noon $21/$24 (per person), Learning Center, For an adult & kids entering K-2nd grade grads From garden to plate in an hour? It’s easy at the height of the summer’s harvest! Raw, roasted, curried or creamed, taste buds soar as we pick, chop and eat our way through the garden’s seasonal delights. Fresh Picked Feast for Supper | 976-08-19-11-02 2-5 p.m. $21/$24 (per person) Learning Center, for an adult & kids entering 3rd-8th grade grads (See description above.) Young Artists Series: Clay Sculpture | 993-08-19-11 See July 8

Friday, August 19 Shooting the Light | 750-08-19-11 3:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m.Saturday. $140/$155 (Incl. dinner, breakfast & lunch). Limit 10. Learning Center. (Note: Bring their own camera equipment, camera manual & flashlight). Intermediate-level. Back by popular demand, photographer John Pennoyer will help you “see the light” – natural light – to improve your digital images. Saturday, August 20 Shooting the Light | 750-08-19-11 See August 19

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Flower Fest & Family Fun Weekend Men’s Garden Club of Mpls. Flower, Food & Foto Show 12:30-4:30 p.m Saturday & 10:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, MacMillan Auditorium, Oswald Visitor Center An exhibit of stunning flowers, vegetables, photographs and floral designs. Daffodil Society of Minnesota & Iris Society of Minnesota Sale 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Great Hall, Oswald Visitor Center Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See Aug. 6 Sunday, August 21 enews.aspx r Call our Bloom Line: (612) 625-9791. r Renew your membership online at www.arboretum. StoryTime at the Library See July 7 Saturday, August 27 Walks for the Curious | 960-08-27-11 10-11:30 a.m. $7.50/$15, Ordway Parking Lot Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See Aug. 6 Sunday, August 28 Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See Aug. 6

Flower Fest & Family Fun Weekend See August 20 Weekend Family Fun: Prairie Natives See Aug. 6 Thursday, August 25

Advanced Winemaking | 200-08-20-11 9:30 a.m.-Noon, $90/$95, Learning Center Learn what you need to know about harvest and prefermentation treatments and more. Walks for the Curious | 960-08-20-11 10-11:30 a.m. $7.50/$15, Ordway Parking Lot, The Prairie

To register for classes: Call (952) 443-1422 or visit

Mediterranean Cuisine from the Minnesota Garden with Donatelle Duo Chefs | 800-08-25-11 6:30-8:30 p.m., $45/$55, Learning Center. Joan and David Donatelle combine their Italian cuisine expertise with Minnesota summer harvest and the result is molto delizioso! Roasted heirloom tomato tart, fettuccine dell’estate/summer-style fettuccine w/summer veggies and Italian sausage; greens and herbs w/tarragon vinaigrette; Italian apple walnut cake. Wine tastings.

Walk With Us Enjoy a free guided “Arboretum Highlights” walking tour. Summer tours: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and at 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, departing from the Oswald Visitor Center.





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Save the Date Auxiliary Fall Harvest Sale: Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 25, noon-5 p.m. Snyder Building. Don’t miss this popular sale of handmade botanical treasures, including dried floral arrangements and wreaths, potpourri, fabric arts, decorations and more!

REGULAR HOURS Grounds open 8 a.m. to sunset everyday.


Mon.- Sat. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (8 p.m. Thurs. June-Aug.) Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Restaurant closes at 5 p.m. Sat.) May-Oct., Visitor Center open until 6 p.m.

ANDERSEN HORTICULTURAL LIBRARY Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

YARD & GARDEN HELP DESK Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oswald Visitor Center


Visitors: $9; Members, children 15 & under: free; Arboretum memberships start at $45 THURSDAY ADMISSION Third Thursdays: free admission after 4:30 p.m., from April-Oct. From AprilAug., other Thursdays after 4:30 p.m., 2 for 1 admission. 2 for 1 Thursdays discontinued starting September 2011.



Olexa Bulavitsky

Here Comes the Sun The Reedy Gallery celebrates the interplay of natural light and shadow in “Here Comes the Sun,” an exhibit of 26 exquisite paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic, on display through Aug. 14. The artworks range from landscapes and seascapes to floral studies in a variety of sizes by these acclaimed artists, including this one by Olexa Bulavitsky. The works are for sale, and a portion of proceeds goes to support the Arboretum.

Friends of Andersen Horticultural Library Book Sale: Friday-Sunday, Oct. 7-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Snyder Building. Shop for gently used books of all genres. Ghouls and Goblins in the Maze: Saturday, Oct. 29, 1-5 p.m. Arboretum Maze Garden and Oswald Visitor Center. Free gate admission during the event hours. A spook-friendly Halloween adventure: Take the Trick or Treat Trail to the Maze Garden, more family fun and spook-tacular music in the Visitor Center.

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mn landscape arboretum membership magazine Jul-Aug 2011  

mn landscape arboretum membership magazine Jul-Aug 2011

mn landscape arboretum membership magazine Jul-Aug 2011  

mn landscape arboretum membership magazine Jul-Aug 2011